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Seeking Sponsors

posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:55 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 6:37 PM by Charles Mitchell ]

The Geo-Institute welcomes corporate sponsors for the 2017-2018 session. 

Please contact geo@ascemd.org with your interest or related inquiries about the available avenues.

 


Thank You to our 2016-2017 Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors:



Save the Dates

posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:55 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 6:37 PM by Charles Mitchell ]

The Geo-Institute 2017-2018 session will begin soon. 
  

Mark your calendars for the following, likely, meeting dates - the first Wednesday of each month:  
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 

Call for Meeting Topic Ideas and Speakers

posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:50 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 8:11 AM ]

The member-run Geo-Institute is ready to serve you.

Please share with the leadership committee your interests and preferences for meeting topics and speakers. Are you interested in speaking, hearing a colleague speak, or learning about a new technology, recent industry discussions, or a particular project? Do investigations, slides, collapses, shallow foundations, deep foundations, tunnels, or instruments especially excite you? Do you like discussing theory, lessons learned, resources, or deliverables? Do you want to hear from agencies or vendors?

Please reach out at geo@ascemd.org with your ideas and feedback, whether fully-formed or not. The leadership committee will consider your input while putting together the session's calendar of events.

May Geo-Institute Meeting

posted Apr 4, 2017, 10:50 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated May 3, 2017, 2:10 PM ]

Please join the Maryland Geo-Institute for its May meeting.

 

Speakers and Topic 
Dr. Kevin Fu on
 Geotechnical Instrumentation Programs for Protecting Critical Infrastructure in the Nation's Capital

 Date and Schedule
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
5:15 pm Cocktails (cash bar) 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
 
Location:
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
Information:  www.esb.org 
 
Cost:
$45 per person / $15 students 
Credit Card Payments Only – details below 


 Presentation Notes
Following a brief introduction of the D.C. Clean Rivers Project,
Dr. Fu will present on geotechnical instrumentation for tunnel and shaft construction
and on implementation of the instrumentation program
 
Speaker Biography:
Dr. Fu is a project manager at WSSC and was formerly tunnel practice leader at AECOM. 
Dr. Fu has extensive experience in project management and design and construction of underground structures.
His expertise also includes soil field and laboratory testing, geotechnical instrumentation,
and trenchless construction methods. 

Payment Procedure:
We now accept registrations by credit card payments only. 
Please complete the two-step registration and 

Contact geo@ascemd.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank You to our Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors



April Geo-Institute Meeting

posted Mar 20, 2017, 8:26 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 10:45 AM ]

Please join the Maryland Geo-Institute for its April meeting.

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Speakers and Topic 
Jim Guinther, P.E. and Joe Cavey, P.E. on
Baltimore's 26th Street retaining wall collapse 
 
 Date and Schedule
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
5:15 pm Cocktails (cash bar) 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
 
Location:
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
Information:  www.esb.org 
 
Cost:
$45 per person / $15 students 
Credit Card Payments Only – details below 

Presentation Notes:

During a record rainfall on April 30, 2014, a century-old, stone retaining wall between a dense urban roadway (26th Street) and the CSX Transportation (CSXT) railroad track in Baltimore, MD failed. The failure sent part of the roadway, along with tons of soil, boulders, light poles, and eight parked cars, nearly 40 feet down, obstructing the tracks and halting rail traffic on the busy railway providing service between the Port of Baltimore and points north. Fortunately, no one was injured. The failure forced the evacuation of 19 homes until the first phase of earth-retention construction was complete. Due to the time sensitivity of the temporary retaining wall construction, the City of Baltimore, engineer, general contractor, and geotechnical contractor collaborated and worked seven days per week until the residents were able to return to their homes.


The emergency response, design, construction and collaboration required by the team working on the project will be presented.


Speaker Biographies:


James A. Guinther, PE, is Vice President of Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP. He manages the bridge design and inspection group and is a registered professional engineer in MD, VA, and D.C. Mr. Guinther began his career with WRA 20 years ago, working on transportation planning and design projects with an emphasis on structures. In addition to his role as project manager for several Baltimore City projects, including the 26th Street Emergency Reconstruction, he is currently the lead structural engineering design manager responsible for the current MD 210 Design-Build project. Mr. Guinther has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University. He can be reached at jguinther@wrallp.com.


Joseph K. Cavey, PE, is Vice President of Hayward Baker’s Mid-Atlantic Region. He began his career with Hayward Baker 23 years ago and now manages the Mid-Atlantic branch of the company. Mr. Cavey has worked on numerous anchor, piling, grouting, and ground improvement projects. Some of the projects he has worked on over the years include the Washington D.C. Metro Green Line, L.A. Metro Red Line, Boston Central Artery, BWI Airport Expansion, Rt. 95 Hot Lanes, and D.C. Clean Rivers. Mr. Cavey has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University. Mr. Cavey can be reached at jkcavey@haywardbaker.com.


Payment Procedure:
We now accept registrations by credit card payments only. 
Please complete the two-step registration and 

Contact geo@ascemd.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank You to our Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors



March Geo-Institute Meeting

posted Feb 2, 2017, 3:25 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 3:30 AM ]

Please join the Maryland Geo-Institute for its March meeting.

Speaker and Topic Archie Filshill, Ph.D., on Foamed Glass Aggregates 

 Date and Schedule
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:15 pm Cocktails (cash bar) 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
 
Location
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
Information:  www.esb.org 
 
Cost
$45 per person / $15 students 
Credit Card Payments Only – details below 

Presentation Notes

Foamed glass aggregates were originally produced in Scandinavia during the early 1990s for use as a thermal barrier in road construction. Due to their low unit weight (8-15pcf) and high frictional properties, their applications have grown throughout the civil engineering market. Today foamed glass aggregates are used as lightweight fill on highways, bridge abutments, retaining walls, and green roofs. Other applications include backfill of foundations for drainage, insulation (to prevent frost heave), and reduction of lateral loads.


The presentation will review the development, manufacturing, applications current testing and case studies for foamed glass aggregates.


Speaker Biography

Archie Filshill, Ph.D., has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical markets, focused on design/build and value engineering. His work includes in markets for solid waste and industrial landfills, soft soil stabilization, coal ash, shale gas development, flexible solar for landfill closures, sediment remediation, reinforced earth structures and lightweight fill.


Dr. Filshill is adjunct professor at Temple University's Graduate Engineering School. He is Vice Chair of the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute, member of the Geosynthetic Institute and International Geosynthetic Society, and owner and manager of AeroAggregates.


Dr. Filshill earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Temple University and a master's and Ph.D. in civil engineering at Drexel University.


Payment Procedure
We now accept registrations by credit card payments only. Please complete the two-step registration and payment process by 5pm, Thursday, February 23 at:  http://geo.ascemd.org/events/register

Contact geo@ascemd.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank You to our Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors



Upcoming Geo-Institute Meetings in Spring 2017

posted Jan 29, 2017, 6:20 PM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 3:30 AM ]

Please join the Maryland Geo-Institute for the continuation of its spring session. Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month. Reservations are requested the Thursday prior. 

March 1
 Dr. Archie Filshill on Foamed Glass Aggregates

April 5
 Jim Guither, P.E. and Joe Cavey, P.E. on the 26th Street Retaining Wall Collapse 

May 3
Dr. Kevin Fu on Geotechnical Instrumentation Programs for Protecting Critical Infrastructure in the Nation's Capital

Time
5:15 pm Cocktails (cash bar) 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
 
Location
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
Information:  www.esb.org 
 
Cost
$45 per person / $15 students 
We now accept registrations by credit card payments only.
Please complete the two-step reservation and payment process by
5pm, the Thursday prior to the event.

Contact geo@ascemd.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank You to our Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors



February Geo-Institute Meeting

posted Jan 16, 2017, 5:30 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 6:10 PM ]

Please join the Maryland Geo-Institute for its February meeting.

Speaker
 Mark Wolcott, P.E.
Senior Engineer for Maryland Environmental Services (MES)

Topic
 Innovation in a Transportation Agency (Past, Present, and Future) 

Date
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Time
5:15 pm Cocktails – Cash Bar 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
 
Location
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
Information:  www.esb.org 
 
Cost
$45 per person / $15 students 
Credit Card Payments Only – details below 

Speaker Biography
Mark Wolcott, P.E. is currently a Senior Engineer for Maryland Environmental Services (MES), working on drainage remediation projects in Western Maryland to help assess, design, and remediate Maryland State Highway Administration's aging drainage structures.


Prior to joining MES in June 2016, Mark served the Maryland State Highway Administration (MD SHA) for 29 years and was the Deputy Director of the Office of Material’s Technology for the past 12 years, managing MD SHA’s specialized infrastructure testing, subsurface exploration, pavement design/management programs, geology and geotechnical DOT resources, and SHA’s research and innovative product team. Mark has spent 32 years of his career in the highway/transportation industry. He has a proven track record of success in delivering innovative, practical solutions to the most important issues facing the transportation organizations in a team environment. Because of his extensive state agency experience, Mark is relied upon to create partnerships between the public agencies and private sectors to advance efficiency of public sector operations which deliver projects more efficiently and under budget. From mega projects like the Woodrow Wilson Project and the Inter-County Connector to continual improvement to network level assessment of MD SHA’s infrastructure, Mark has been instrumental in delivering a reliable and safe transportation program to the citizens of Maryland.

In addition to his service to the public in the transportation sector, Mark was commissioned in 1987 as an officer in the US Army coming out of Clarkson University and, during his 9 years of service, served primarily in the Maryland Army National Guard.  

Mark is dedicated not only to his profession, but his family as well. He is so proud of his two daughters, Olivia (who is a freshman in Bioengineering at UMD) and Micaela (who is a sophomore in high school) both are focused on their education in technical programs. Mark’s wife of 25 years, Wendy Wolcott, has shared in success at MD SHA, solving complex problems in the public sector as well and is currently one of  MD SHA’s Metropolitan District Engineers.   

Mark has been on numerous national research efforts in the area of design-build and material quality control with National Academy of Sciences and has developed national testing and data standards and training materials with Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Institute.

Mark looks forward to continuing to develop innovative solutions within Maryland through MES and in support of Maryland SHA and other local governments MES supports. Also, in the not so distant future, Mark will be taking his expertise national through a new start-up, a veteran-owned small business, focused outside of Maryland, to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure.

Payment Procedure
We now accept registrations by credit card payments only. Please complete the two-step registration and payment process by 5pm, Thursday, January 26 at:  http://geo.ascemd.org/events/register

Contact geo@ascemd.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank You to our Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors



November Geo Institute Meeting

posted Oct 14, 2016, 1:04 PM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 3:44 PM ]

Join us for our November meeting where we will have a presentation on
Mapping Bedrock Fractures and Other Subsurface Conditions in Urbanized Environments Using the Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) Geophysical Method.

Speaker 
Mr. Richard Lee, P.G., R.GP. 
President and Principal Geophysicist 
Quantum Geophysics Division of Gannett Fleming, Inc. 

Topic 
Mapping Bedrock Fractures and Other Subsurface Conditions in Urbanized Environments Using the Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) Geophysical Method 

Date 
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 

Time 
5:15 pm Cocktails – Cash Bar 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
 
Location
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
Information:  www.esb.org 
 
Cost
$45 per person / $15 students 
Credit Card Payments Only – details below 

Synopsis
Those working on contaminated sites often need to identify subsurface conditions that control the movement of contaminants. Subsurface conditions include bedrock fractures, faults, geologic contacts, localized depressions in the top of rock, “breaks” in confining layers, and voids (karst). These conditions tend to be small and unpredictable, making them difficult to find via traditional exploratory drilling. Many sites are located in urban environments where site conditions (e.g., buried piping, fill, paved surfaces) impact the effectiveness of some geophysical methods, especially those more familiar to geologists and environmental scientists (GPR, EM, electrical resistivity). There is now a growing awareness that some "non-traditional" geophysical methods can be very effective in mapping subsurface conditions in urbanized settings, especially the multi-channel analysis of surface waves (MASW) method. 
 
This session will describe how MASW works (e.g., equipment, data acquisition, data processing, and analysis) and will look at several case histories. It will discuss what conditions can impact MASW (some can be mitigated, some can't), and why GPR, EM, and electrical resistivity are generally not effective in urbanized settings.

Speaker Biography
Mr. Lee received a B.S. degree in geology from Colgate University and an M.S. degree in geology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered geophysicist (CA) and a professional geologist (PA). In over 35 years as a practicing geophysicist, Mr. Lee has worked closely with engineers and geologists on a variety of projects throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Lee specializes in applying geophysics to the evaluation of karst terrain, the characterization of hazardous waste sites, as well as the tasks of identifying seepage, locating water supply (sand and gravel, and fractured aquifers), and evaluating infrastructure (pipelines, roads, dams, levees, tunnels, railroads, wind and solar farms, airports, maritime harbors).

Payment Procedure
We now accept registrations by credit card payments only. Please complete the two-step registration and payment process by 5pm, Thursday, October 27 at:  http://geo.ascemd.org/events/register

Contact geo@ascemd.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank You to our Geo-Institute Corporate Sponsors



October Meeting - Delaware I-495 Bridge Emergency Evaluation and Repair - October 5th, 2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 5:20 AM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 5:56 AM ]

Join us for our October meeting where we will have a presentation on the Delaware I-495 Bridge Emergency Evaluation and Repair. 

Presentation Synopsis:

The 38-span parallel bridge supporting I-495 over the Christina River in Wilmington, DE was closed to traffic on June 2, 2014 due to serious substructure settlement and lateral displacement of the existing pile foundations which resulted in gross deformation of the superstructure and insufficient live load carrying capacity. The bridge closure affected over 90,000 daily motorists and impacted the flow of goods to and from the nearby Port of Wilmington.

A team, composed of DelDOT, FHWA, AECOM and J.D. Eckman, was assembled by June 3, 2014 to restore the bridge to service as soon as possible to minimize traffic disruptions. Traffic was restored on the southbound structure in 59 days and full traffic returned to the bridge in 83 days. The presentation provides an overview of the operational, design and construction challenges encountered in handling this emergency including:  the initial and long term operational responses; early structural and geotechnical investigations; assessment of the geotechnical and structural failures; and the critical decisions that framed the selected intermediate and permanent repair methods. The presentation will highlight the lessons learned and results of the fast-paced design and construction to restore the bridge to service over a month ahead of schedule. 


Speaker Biographies:

John Milius has over 20 years of experience in design and construction of a wide range of structures. John is accomplished in the assessment, analysis and design of complex highway and railroad bridges in support of new bridge design and innovative bridge rehabilitation projects. John has written and presented numerous technical papers for industry publications and conferences. John currently serves as the Structures Department Manager for AECOM Pennsylvania operations. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, a Masters of (Structural) Engineering from Cornell University, and a MBA from Villanova University.

Paul Moffitt, III, has practiced for over 26 years as a geotechnical engineer and currently serves as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with AECOM's Transportation Business Unit in the Northeast Region. Paul has had the pleasure of working on various transportation and facilities design projects over his more than six years with AECOM. Prior to AECOM, Paul worked for eight years as the Assistant Chief Geotechnical Engineer for PennDOT in the Geotechnical Section at the Materials and Testing Division. Prior to PennDOT, Paul worked as a consultant geotechnical engineer for various firms in the Central PA region. He has gained valuable experience working on design, construction and emergency response projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in both the public and private sectors.

Meeting Date
October 5, 2016

Engineer's Club of Baltimore
11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201

Dress Code
Jacket Required, Tie Optional

Meeting Schedule (approximate)
Social Hour from 5:15 to 6:15pm 
Dinner 6:15 to 7:15pm 
Speaker Beginning at 7:15pm

Cost & How to Register
$45 per person / $15 students. Credit Card & Paypal Only
Reservations are due by 4pm on Thursday September 29. Payment is exclusively via PayPal.


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